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Getting to Know the Joshua Tree National Park

The Joshua Tree National Park may look like a barren desert landscape to an untrained eye, mainly due to all the brown boulders and spiky Joshua trees littered around the landscape. But the truth is not only is the park an important part of history, it is also one of the most exciting places to visit whether you’re just looking for a place close to nature or a full blown rock climbing enthusiast.

The Joshua Tree National Park

The Joshua Tree National Park’s recorded history dates back 5,000 years ago, and the Pinto Culture inhabited the area. They soon gave way to Native Americans, who were followed by cattlemen and miners. Eventually, the homesteaders came and settled in from the 1800s to the 1900s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the place as a National Monument in 1936, but it was upgraded to National Park status in 1994.

The park consists of two deserts, the lower elevation Colorado Desert and the higher elevation Mojave desert. The Colorado Desert is ideal for hikers and people who can’t do rock climbing, because it is mostly scrub brush and natural cactus gardens. Rock climbers will want to make a beeline for the Mojave Desert, because that’s where the loose boulders are. It’s also where most of its namesake trees are.

Campgrounds are aplenty at the park, with a total of nine dotting the area and complemented by several hiking trails. It is ideal for people who want to slow down for a bit and commune with nature, but keep in mind that there are strict restrictions against littering. So keep a trashbag handy and just dispose of your trash at the bins located in strategic locations around the campgrounds.

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Get the Most Out of the Joshua Tree National Park

To get the most out of your visit to the park, whether you are a climber or just a tourist looking to take in the sights, there are a few things you can do to maximize your stay:

  • Visit during spring and fall. Summer are brutal because temperatures can go as high as 100 degrees, while nighttime can still reach 75 degrees. Spring is also when the wildflowers are in full bloom, making the scenery much more colorful than a desert deserves to be.
  • Bring your camera early in the morning if you wish to spot coyotes, twilight is also a good time.
  • Bring everything you ever need. There is no cell service in the park and water is scarce, so make sure you always have emergency supplies.

Hire a Guide if You are New

Lastly, if you want to enjoy your stay at the Joshua Tree National park without worrying too much over whether you’re doing everything right, you should hire a guide. Uprising Adventure’s veteran guides know the park like the back of their hand, and can teach you a thing or two. It also helps that they are genuinely fun, friendly people that you’d love to hang out with. Contact us today and we’ll set you up with one of our guides.